BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Are you prepared to survive? That's the question Bossier deputies are asking.
The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office is offering a special training class to help people be better prepared for an emergency or a terrifying situation that happen in public gatherings.
The class is called "Surviving the Terror" and will be taught by instructors of the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Training Academy at Cypress Baptist Church located at 4701 Palmetto Road in Benton.
The class will be held on Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public.
"Our primary goal for this class is the help our residents be prepared before a tragedy occurs," said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. "Fear is a motivating factor that can cause you to panic or carry out your actions that you planned in advance. We want you to be ready, just in case."
The class is meant to teach the public how to react in an emergency or terrorizing situation that might happen at a sporting event, church, festival or any public setting.
The class will focus on emergency issues including:
Understanding situation awareness
How to keep you and your family safe
Developing exit/evacuation plans
Communicating with your loved ones and friends in an emergency situation
Knowing when to run, hide and fight
Understanding concealed handgun issues
"The horrific shootings in Las Vegas in October and the small church in south Texas earlier this month are two grave reminders of the dangerous world we live in," said Sheriff Whittington.
There is no need to register for the class.
Anyone who needs additional information can call the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Training Academy at 318-965-3525.
"We realize we can't stop all the tragedies that happen around us, but we don't want folks living in fear, but rather they arm themselves with knowledge so that they are prepared," said Sheriff Whittington.
This is the second "Surviving the Terror" class to be offered; the first class was held in late October.